Clipper Race 2019-20 arrives in Europe
Published on July 12th, 2022
Following a super-fast race across the North Atlantic for the 11 teams in the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race, GoToBermuda has won 3010nm leg from New York, USA to Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The team, led by Skipper David ‘Wavy’ Immelman and First Mate Max Rivers, has not only taken another podium spot, but also its first win of the Clipper 2019-20 Race. The fleet will start its final leg on July 24 to London, UK. – Full report
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race was established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-69. His aim was to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing; it is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors.
Held biennially, the 2019-20 Clipper Race got underway September 1 for the fleet of eleven identical Tony Castro designed Clipper 70s. As the most subscribed round the world race, the 12th edition had attracted 688 crew representing 43 nationalities for the 41,000+ nm course.
However, when the fleet arrived in Asia, the COVID-19 pandemic blocked the fleet from the planned routes in China. The 11 Clipper 70s have remained at Subic Bay Yacht Club in the Philippines since March 2020 after organizers and Race Crew were forced to return home due to pandemic restrictions, with the restart taking place in March 2022.